The City of Oshawa is advising business owners of a potential scam targeting businesses with entry doors that do not open or close automatically. Concerned business owners have reported in-person visits from individuals who claim to be from the City. The individuals review entry doors and recommend the purchase and installation of automatic entry doors, some even citing City By-laws.
These in-person visits are not from the City of Oshawa or the Region of Durham. Additionally, City and Regional employees and authorized contractors always wear identification badges when they visit households or places of business.
Business owners who receive such a visit are reminded that these are not City staff and this is not a City program/inspection.
Residents should contact Durham Region Police Service at 905-579-1520 and report individuals who do not have City identification badges who go door-to-door saying they are with the City of Oshawa.
The City reminds all business owners that if they suspect misrepresentation, to ask for identifications. All City and Regional employees, as well as authorized contractors carry photo I.D. Owners are also encouraged to contact Service Oshawa at 905-436-3311 to confirm if indeed the phone call or visit is legitimate, and is being made on behalf of The City.
Business Owners are also warned to not provide any payment or personal information. And if fraud is suspected, to call Durham Police (905-579-1520) or the Canadian Anti-Fraud centre (1-888-495-8501).